David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service 866-295-4143, email@example.com) The rise of rock music to a place of prominent influence in a global westernized pop culture has been accompanied by a dramatic rise in youth suicide.
A study made by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company found that the suicide rate among teens rose 50% from 1952 to 1962. It rose another 200% between 1962 and 1982, with as many as 500,000 teens attempting suicide each year (“The Frightening Facts about Teen Suicide,” Teen magazine, October 1983, p. 10).
Between 1980 and 1995 the suicide rate doubled again for youth ages 10 to 14.
Suicide has become the second leading cause of death among youth ages 15 to 18.
Many rock songs have glorified suicide.
Kamikaze Klones’s song “Death Can Be Fun” glorifies suicide.
Sting’s song “Consider Me Gone” is about a man in despair with nothing to look forward to but death.
Blondie’s song “Die Young, Stay Pretty” encourages young people to die before old age robs them of their youthful beauty.
The song “No Way Out” by D Generation is about the desire to kill oneself.
The rock group Accept’s Russian Roulette album depicts two young men playing the deadly suicide game on the album cover.
Marilyn Manson has sold T-shirts with the slogan “Kill God, kill your parents, kill yourself.” When asked about suicide, he said, “If someone wants to kill himself--fine, you know? [chuckling] Suicide is that person’s option” (Alternative Press, February 1997, Marilyn Manson: Artist of the Year, p. 44).
The lyrics to the Marilyn Manson song “Suicide is Painless” include these words: “The game of life is hard to play/ I'm gonna lose it anyway/ The losing card I'll someday lay/ So this is all I have to say/ Suicide is painless/ It brings on many changes/ And I can take or leave it if I please. ... and you can do the same thing if you please.”